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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

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Your history matters!

eabh maintains a global network of financial professionals and academics

Banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions are members of eabh.


eabh members recognize their responsibility towards society. Only a well functioning financial sector can help to increase the welfare of all.


eabh places current challenges of the financial sector into a historical context. Our historians work on long-term topics that matter to the management of financial institutions and policy makers.


eabh promotes archives. Accurate and accessible records of past activities are the indispensable foundation for a sustainable global financial system.


Our network

eabh circulates sound research and information upon which today’s decision makers can rely.

The legacy of the past continually resurfaces to determine actions in the present and the future. Through eabh membership institutions gain access to a global network of financial history experts who can provide  competent advice.

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Recent publications

Architecture & Finance Vol. 1

eabh bulletin 2016

Carmen Hofmann

Gabriella Massaglia (eds.)


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Architecture & Finance Vol. 2

eabh bulletin 2017

Carmen Hofmann

Gabriella Massaglia (eds.)


Legacy of finance

Conference papers

eabh e.V. (ed.)


Appraisal in the digital era

eabh e.V. (ed.)


2016 annual report

outlook 2017 - 2019

Carmen Hofmann, eabh (ed.)


History of Financial Institutions

Essays on the history of European finance, 1800–1950

Carmen Hofmann

Martin Müller (eds.)

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Financial Innovation, Regulation and Crises in History

Piet Clement

Harold James

Herman Van der Wee (eds.)

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The Critical Function of History in Banking and Finance

Studies in Banking and Financial History

Vappu Ikonen

Duncan Ross (eds.)


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Archival Legislation for Finance (ALFF) in Europe

eabh believes that safeguarding the records of financial institutions will improve the protection of global financial stability. Authentic and reliable memory systems are needed to understand current crises and to evaluate risks.

For that reason a project on archival legislation for finance (ALFF) has been started in 2012 with the objective of collecting information about best practices of financial institutions in building and improving their archives.

More about the project

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Social aims of finance

Exploring alternative business forms for durable financial services

15 Jun 2018

Torino, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo

‘The City is too big and socially useless’said Lord Adair Turner, former chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority in 2009.

That legitimacy question has not gone away since, indeed, if anything it appears to grow stronger. This conference explores how financial institutions have tackled it by developing alternative goals and business forms for durable financial services.

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Archival Workshop

‘Good’ archives

14 Jun 2018

Torino, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo and UPIER (Uses of the Past in International Economic Relations

This one-day workshop is designed for financial institutions’ archivists, researchers and potential users. How can archives prepare their collections of information in a way that puts them to their best use?  How do researchers use archive collections?

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eabh New Scholar Workshop

13 Jun 2018

Torino, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo This one day workshop is designed for advanced PhD students and recent postdoctoral researchers (with less than five years from completing their PhD) in banking, financial and monetary history. Authors of selected manuscripts will have the opportunity to discuss

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The Rise of Institutional Investors

26 Oct 2018

London, United Kingdom

eabh in cooperation with Banque Lombard Odier  

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